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    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080327/ap_on_re_la_am_ca/puerto_rico_governor Puerto Rico governor charged in probe By MANUEL ERNESTO RIVERA, Associated Press
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 27, 2008
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      Puerto Rico governor charged in probe

      By MANUEL ERNESTO RIVERA, Associated Press Writer 13
      minutes ago

      SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Gov. Anibal Acevedo Vila is
      among several people named in a sealed indictment,
      officials said Thursday, as U.S. authorities made the
      first arrests in a long-running probe into his party's
      finances.

      An Associated Press reporter saw at least five
      officials from the Popular Democratic Party as they
      were led in handcuffs into the U.S. federal building
      in San Juan.

      An FBI spokesman declined to provide any details,
      saying there would be news conference later.

      Acevedo has said previously that he was a focus of the
      grand jury probe but he was not among those seen in
      custody. His spokeswoman said he was still home
      sleeping at the time of the early morning arrests as
      far as she knew.

      A law enforcement official, speaking on condition of
      anonymity because the indictment was still sealed,
      told The Associated Press that Acevedo was among
      several people named in the indictment.

      A government official also said Acevedo would be
      charged in the indictment and that the governor's
      attorneys were expected to appear in court later
      Thursday. The official also spoke on condition of
      anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the
      case.

      A Harvard-educated attorney and career politician,
      Acevedo, 45, served in Washington as the island's
      nonvoting delegate to Congress, and was elected
      governor in 2004 after campaigning on an
      anti-corruption platform. He is running for
      re-election this year.

      Acevedo's party favors maintaining the island's
      semiautonomous relationship with the U.S. mainland.
      His leading opponent in the governor's race favors
      making Puerto Rico the 51st state.

      ___

      Associated Press Writer Lara Jakes Jordan contributed
      to this report.
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